A Degree of Licentiate comprises at least 120 higher education credits. The degree may either be a stand-alone degree or one stage towards a doctoral degree. The scope of the courses may vary between 30 and 60 higher education credits and the scientific work between 60 and 90 higher education credits. The proportion of courses to scientific work is stated in the general syllabus for the third-cycle subject area and each doctoral student’s individual study plan.
Qualitative targets are stipulated in the system of qualifications in the Higher Education Ordinance (appendix 2) and at Luleå University of Technology they are included in the general syllabus for third-cycle subject areas and in the individual study plan. To obtain a degree of licentiate, the doctoral student must have achieved a pass on content and presentation of the licentiate thesis and those examinations included in the programme.